One For Jude Helice
By Marcus Pan
Very brooding yet remaining melodic, One For Jude's
Helice four track release somehow manages to stray both the dirty-garage
yet masterfully-produced trails. Lebloui for instance is a smooth
acoustic French song that keeps a shoegazery basement appeal but can still
contend with the overly produced and mastered CDs one can pick up at Sam Goody.
Romantic to its core with cojoined strings (cello, violin, who knows what else)
building to a moody climactic close.
Only vaguely electronic and modern, its classical charm is
aptly showcased. The live cut of Helice, performed live in Prague
(2002), is the least produced of the bunch and probably the only possible miss
on the short collection due to its barely discernible mix. For a much more
professional feel, this song's studio version opens Helice. Slightly
off-kilter rhythmically, but not so much as to damage the flow, the mixed wind
instruments support a sweet male vocal laced with melancholy.
Helice is a short album, and if you consider that the
live Helice at the end isn't nearly as fulfilling as the rest you might
say that alone loses a quarter of the album...moreso since it's seven minutes
in length to the others 4-6 each. But the temperament and classical skill
apparent here from France's One For Jude is rarely come across in today's
muckety muck of electro-modernization. Just for the idea that classical can
still play and perform alongside goth's dark rock bands just as well will alone
make One For Jude worth looking into.
One For Jude
Post: 37 Bd St Jacques, 75014 Paris, France